Climate Change

It is an undeniable fact that human beings have had a drastic effect on the global climate over the last three hundred years, in large part due to the widespread use of coal and other fossil fuels. Global warming is the term used by most individuals when talking about the repercussions of the use of fossil fuels, but it is a misleading term that leads to widespread misinformation about climate change. The effects that the human race have had on the global climate patterns are not so simple as just an increase in temperature. As a result, the use of the term ‘global warming’ simply confuses the general public, and helps spread misconceptions about the changes in weather patterns that scientists predict will occur in the near future. However, it is useful when discussing climate change as a catch-all term for the negative effects on climate patterns caused specifically by people rather than natural phenomenon. For this reason, it is commonly used by many individuals when they are attempting to inform the general public about what damage will be done to the environment.   The most important factor contributing to climate change is a dangerous buildup of greenhouse gasses like CO2 in the atmosphere, which has been exacerbated by the use of fossil fuels across the world. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and the adoption of the use of coal as a source of energy, large amounts of carbon dioxide have been released into the atmosphere. While this …